This government shut down thing is getting very strange very quickly don’t you think? The Mount Vernon home of this nation’s very first president, George Washington, has been a privately owned property for the last 150 years. It is open to the public, operating entirely on private donations. This week, FEDS stormed access areas to the property and CLOSED IT OFF to the public.
Barrycades: Feds Try to Shut Down Privately Owned Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon is the former plantation of George Washington and is owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which doesn’t receive any government funding. The attraction’s official website reads, “NO SHUTDOWN HERE – The Federal government may be shut down, but Washington’s home remains open. Mount Vernon has remained a private non-profit for more than 150 years.”
However, a dispute began when the National Park Service began putting up barricades to block off the facility’s car park, blockading the entrance as well as a spot where tour buses turn around.
…Numerous other sites around DC have been unnecessarily closed by the NPS and other federal agencies in what critics are labeling a cynical political stunt which only serves to punish the American people.
In some cases, efforts to shut down these sites actually require more manpower and resources than if they had been left open, highlighting the fact that this is an act of partisan theater by the Obama administration to pin the blame for the government shutdown on Republicans and opponents of Obamacare. LINK